Let’s start with something close to my heart, our Lucas’ Christening. I’ve always wanted to write about his birth story, but we’ll save that for another blog. So for now, I’ll just share with you my Facebook announcement of his arrival. And yes, couldn’t help but include the picture that came with it. That’s our 3-day old Lucas smiling at mommy! <sigh>
Written on Facebook, February 2014: “We wanted to keep the baby’s gender a secret until delivery. In one of our ultrasounds, we asked the doctor to write the baby’s gender on a piece of paper. For months we’ve been keeping this in our wallet, and now the secret’s out…and so is he! Ü Teasing us with an early delivery a few weeks back (sending mommy to bed rest and daddy on caregiver mode), Lucas decided it was time to meet the world and spend mommy and daddy’s anniversary with them. So on Feb. 23, we celebrated our first year anniversary…as a family of three.”
Two months later, it was time to welcome Lucas to the Christian world. Of course mommy was excited to plan the little one’s first “event” – albeit doing it in between sleepless nights, diaper changes and hours and hours of nursing (he could go on forever!) It’s a good thing Lucas has a crafty ninang (my uber talented sister!) to help me execute my vision of a cookies and milk party. Yup, good ol’ cookies and milk. I wanted to make sure it was themed to his favorites, which, at that point, were pretty much mommy, daddy and MILK! : )
We had some palo tsina lying around the house so I asked my mom’s gardener to make me a photo wall. I matched it with some jute string and wooden clips and ended up with this rustic-looking gallery to showcase our precious moments in! I was so tempted to have this as a permanent fixture in our home!
Our cookies and milk bar was a hit! We just used stuff that we had at home to come up with this pretty dessert table. I loved how coordinated everything turned out to be! The styling was a family affair: from the paper pompoms handmade by my sister Marian, to the styro cookie choco chips cut-out by my niece and nephew, to “Jaime Lucas” carefully cut by our family friend, Jacciah and to getting floral arrangement assistance from my DIY-party-newbie in-laws! And that’s just listing a few of the many little projects we did for this party.
I like the idea of customizing party elements to one’s theme. See how easy we were able to do it using printables that we placed on our paper cups and milk bottles and the paper bags that guests used to bring the goodies home!
Want to create the same look for your homemade party? Here’s how we DIYd this party:
- Theme by mommy (complete with mood board!), craftily executed by my sister Marian who led the overall styling with help from the whole family
- Printables (among other things) c/o Marian too!
- Table centerpieces plus other venue decors were things we gathered from the house (between my house and my mom’s, we had a lot of knick-knacks to fill up the venue)
- BF Homes finds: Giant balloons from Dennis Balloons; Paper bags from Dough-it-All; Baby’s Breath from BF market
- Paper cups from SM Hypermarket. I love using these because I can easily customize them with stickers.
- Oreos and Chips Ahoy were gifts from a good friend while the rest of the bar snacks were bought from the supermarket (milk cartons, Haw-haw, Flat Tops, Mik-Mik, etc). The cookie jars were borrowed from a good friend.
- Yummy Cookie Cupcakes ordered from M&L Bakery
- Cookie Shots ordered from Ianne’s Cakes and Pastries
- Photo Coverage by Stellar Shots Photography
- Catering by Queensland
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***Happy to share that this party has also been featured in Kara’s Party Ideas and Baby and Breakfast!